Excretion is one of the major characteristics of living things. However, when it comes to domestic pets such as cats, they do this more often than others. Cats are generally known to be tidy animals and research has shown that they are a lot cleaner than dogs in terms of waste management. They are quick to respond positively to good litter-box habits than most other pets and as a rule, older cats should move their bowel at least once every day, while it is normal for kittens to do so much more than once a day.
If you notice that your cat is frequently excreting, it’s normal to be curious as to what the cause might be. The frequency at which a pet poops is often used in classifying how healthy they. No doubt, any parent would prefer a pet that poops less often than one that answers this call of nature more frequently. Here are a few factors that can determine how often your pet should poop:
Your Cat’s Age
Older cats move their bowels less frequently than kittens do. We do not know the reason behind this variation for sure, however, it may have to do with the differences in the mobility levels of these two categories of cats. It would appear that the younger cats are much more active than older ones, and therefore, are able to move their bowels more frequently.
Instructively, if a young cat poops just once a day, there is enough reason to worry because your kitty is not emptying their bowel as often as they should. Kittens should use the bathroom at least twice more times daily than adults. If you also have an older cat that does not do its thing daily, then it’s enough reason to worry as this situation may be pointing to an underlying problem with the cat’s digestive and excretory system.
The evidence for constipation in your cat is easy to recognize: If it has conspicuously rare and difficult bowel movements over several days, it is most likely a constipation disorder that needs to be treated by a veterinarian. Contacting your vet for further assistance will not be a bad idea.
Your Cat’s Activity Level
The younger your cat, the more frequently they empty their bowel. As mentioned earlier, the connection between age and the excretory system and defecation pattern of domestic cats is still a subject that requires more study and research. What is, however, clear is that younger cats exercise more and are therefore healthier and fitter. Constipation and other digestive disorders are rare among younger cats as a result of their busier lifestyle.
If your active pet cat has trouble disposing of its droppings, you will usually notice this through a manure-free litter box. Knowing if they suffer from digestive difficulties is less obvious with free-range cats that are out and about all day, but it can easily be noticed in those that lay at home all day. If affected, your cat will frequently scratch more and try in vain.
In addition, it is an obvious sign for cat owners that a digestive problem exists when your beloved four-legged friends eat less and vomit several times. Many cats also increasingly clean themselves on the abdominal area if they suffer from abdominal pain and you may even feel a completely tense and hard abdominal wall when stroking their stomach. If this persists, a vet should be consulted immediately, who usually prescribes appropriate preparations that eliminate indigestion.
Your Cat’s Diet
The quantity of food your cat gets will also determine how often they move their bowel. If you are in the habit of always feeding your cat with unusually large meals, having to cope with unusually large poop or increased frequency of bowel movement by your pet, is a reality you would have to grapple with. The quality of the diet you feed your pet with is also a thing of concern. If they are mostly fed with hard food, be sure there is a high tendency for your cat to be constipated and so, move its bowel less frequently.
Also if you introduce new food into your cat’s list of diet, be careful it does not get diarrhea quite. Try to introduce the new food gradually by first mixing them with the already existing food it is used to. This way, they will escape allergies or negative reactions caused by foreign sources in their system. Moderation is the key here. The more extreme you get in terms of the diet management of your cat, the more unpleasant the experience might be for them (and you) when pooping.
The Amount of Water Your Cat Gets
The amount of water you give your cat will also determine the rate at which they eliminate waste from their system. The higher the water your cat gets, the more frequently it empties its bowel. While just enough water is good for their overall wellbeing, drinking too little or too much is just bad enough in terms of how much bowel movement they get. Do not assume because it is taking a lot of solids is enough reason to abuse water intake.
Rest assured that there is already enough water in most diets both humans and felines) that animals consume. The body can naturally draw the water content supplied in solid foods even when your cat is not getting water directly. So, once again, moderation is the key. Extremes should be avoided in terms of liquid intake to ensure your furry friend is neither moving their bowel too frequently nor constipated.
Your Cat’s Poop House
Cats are known to be very clean animals. If you keep your cat’s poop point untidy, it could just be too irritated to poop at its usual point and retain waste in its system longer than it ordinarily should; since it would not like to mess up your home. However, if you fail to clean up its mess, it may just let the stuff out in your living room or just outside its usual poop enclosure so as to answer the call of nature. Since cats are not configured like humans to clean up their poop houses, be sure to keep the place clean all the time – if you would like your animal to retain its clean defecation habit.
Also, ensure your cat’s litter house is roomy enough to make it feel comfortable doing its thing. If it is too small and crust-phobic, don’t be surprised when it begins to avoid going there. Furthermore, cats have a very sharp and sensitive sense of smell and certain types of scents turn them off such as citrus or lavender. So, if your cat starts avoiding its litter box, it may just be that the place is laced with these sorts of smell. Ensure you keep the area free of unpleasant scents unpleasant to your cat all the time – if you want to get it to do its thing as normally and as often as it should, at the appropriate place.
The Type Of Medication Your Cat Is On
Certain medications increase your cat’s bowel movement more or less frequently than normal. So, ensure you find out more about the possible side effects of drugs before you administer them on your animal. You may need to ask your vet for more advice on your cat’s reaction to certain medicines. This means a visit to the vet might be required to ascertain whether certain drugs are to be administered along some other food, substance or medication to avoid extreme and unpleasant reactions to the prescribed ones. Information on not just food allergies but also reactions to drugs is something you need to seek, to effectively manage your pet’s health.
Do Not Alter Your Cat’s Nature or Natural Lifestyle
Attempting to change your cat’s nature will certainly alter its personality and lifestyle for the worse. For instance, do not attempt to declaw a cat or extract its incisors for fear that it may scratch or bite your furniture or humans. This will set in motion certain negative reactions in their behavior and lifestyle. They might end up pooping more as a result of such procedures. Also, changing the position of its litter box quite often might confuse it while trying to locate the new position. Your kitty might even assume you do not want it to use it anymore. So, be sure not to alter your animal’s litter house position too often. Identify a comfortable corner in your sitting room or someplace within your home that is easy for your pet to locate as its litter house.
A cat poop habit, texture, smell, size, color says a lot about its state of health. It is generally agreed that for healthy cats have a poop texture that is not too hard nor watery. Also, the smell should not be too nasty and the size should be moderate. Finally, its color should be brownish and free of mucus or blood. Anything contrary to these is indicative of some health issues within your cat’s system and should be investigated. So, it is not just the amount of bowel movement your cat gets that matters, but also the qualities mentioned above concerning your cat’s excrements and excretory system.
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